Tony Scott and Matt Reeves the Final Two Candidates to Direct Wolverine Sequel

So, does this mean fanboys hoping for a Bryan Singer-directed “Wolverine” sequel can stop hoping now? It would appear so.

At least, that’s according to The Playlist, who cites unnamed (but reliable) sources as saying that Fox has whittled down two potential directors for the “Wolverine” sequel, and it’s … Tony Scott (top, left) and Matt Reeves (top, right).

According to the site, Fox’s search for a director went through a number of notable names, including “The Hurt Locker’s” Kathryn Bigelow, “Wanted’s” Timur Bekmambetov, and some guy name Daniel Espinosa. At the end of the day, Fox has narrowed their search to Tony Scott (brother of Ridley, and director of “Man on Fire” and a host of other expensive but poorly performing movies), and Matt Reeves (of “Cloverfield” and the upcoming “Let me In” fame).

Whoever ends up directing, they will be taking Wolverine to Japan, where he will no doubt face off against assassins of The Hand. Christopher McQuarrie was last seen doing work on a draft of the movie, spurring fanboy fantasies that his involvement could mean a re-teaming with his “Usual Suspects” mate, Bryan Singer, who has been dying to get his hands on the mutant universe again after famously bailing on them for the ill-fated “Superman Returns”.

Made for an estimated $150 million, the film has grossed $373 million worldwide so far, plus $73 million from DVD sales.